Stretch Mark Removal
What is a scar?
A scar is an overgrowth of fibrous tissue and blood vessels that results from a cut, injury, or a burn.
Contracture scars: Contracture scars are formed where skin burns occur. Possible treatment depends on the extent of the affected skin.
What is a stretch mark?
Striae or stretch marks commonly appear due to extensive skin contraction and/or increased glucocorticoid production in puberty, pregnancy, Cushing’s syndrome, exogenous steroid use, and with excessive exercise. Striae are usually present on the abdomen, inner thighs, and around the knee and shoulder joints. Striae usually increases in length and width and acquires a darker reddish-purple appearance over time. The typical white, depressed appearance of older striae develops with continuation of skin tension. Although complete disappearance of stretch marks have been observed, less visible appearance of the scar or stretch mark is a more realistic expectation and result. In our Queens, Long Island, and Bergen County locations, we have seen dramatic improvements after treating scars.
Laser treatment for Scars and Stretch Marks:
Many treatment options are available for scar and stretch mark removal. Factors to evaluate before treatment include: the individual’s skin type, scar or stretch mark characteristics, the mechanism of injury, duration of lesion, and the extent of the scars or stretch marks themselves. After all this is considered, your dermatologist will choose which option is most appropriate for you.
There have been exciting and recent improvements in laser technology for scar and stretch mark removal. For some patients, a combination approach with laser treatments can offer a better outcome. There are specific lasers used to lighten and flatten scars. In general, lighter-skinned patients tend to heal better with laser treatments. Darker skin individuals may require more treatment sessions.
Candidates must know that complete scar/stretch mark eradication may not be possible in many cases. However, we have seen several positive results and complete disappearance of scar/stretch marks with our patients. In order to evaluate treatment progress, your dermatologist may suggest taking pre and post photographs after each session. If you are interested learning more about removing scars such as stretch marks or injuries, feel free to schedule a consultation at our offices across Bergen County, NJ, Queens, Long Island, NY and more.